brokensail (14042) - San Leandro, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a slightly hazed amber color with a finger of white head.
S: A very interesting aroma. It’s got a touch of juniper berries, herbal hops, and pine to go with a solid amount of bready hops and a touch of banana. Very mild yeast notes.
T: There is a good balance of bitterness and maltiness. Sweet bread and toffee malts with a light bitterness to go with the grassy and herbal hops. Some more juniper berry flavor.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation.
O: A more interesting ESB than I’m accustomed to. Not bad.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
growler-thanks Ed for sharing-pours a tan head with amber color. Aroma is soft medium malt-bready. Taste is medium malt-bready/some roasty, secondary tea hops.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Deep amber beer. Thin off-white head. Nice spicy Golding aroma over sweet UK malts. Flavour is fairly sweet and toasty with enough spicy hops to balance it out. Fairly leafy tobaccoish aroma and flavour. Nicely balanced. Fresh hops/malts. Moderate bitterness with some light cherry fruitiness in back. Very good, authentic tasting ESB.
motelpogo (7701) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on cask at dba. orange rind aroma. surprisingly sharply tangy and bitter, light caramel, slightly hard texture
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2006 [note - if you are not getting this beer fresh from the brewery, then you are not "getting this beer" - it just keeps getting freakin’ better - a world class session bitter if I’ve ever had one - get it from the source...right now!] [growler] Mmmm, good beer - copper/amber body with a thick, frothy head that clings to the glass - huge hop aroma, with some hints of fruit - the aroma sets up the flavor well - lots of hops with hints of malty, fruity sweetness (mostly strawberry) that weaves itself perfectly into the hop character - nearly perfect balance of malt and hops in the finish - this sample was not thin-bodied at all - the best Blue Point I’ve tried so far.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler. This is the type of ESB that reminds me of Troegs ESB, which I loved so much. It is a nice deep clear amber color with a great head. Aroma is of hops hops and more hops- probably some willamette. Flavor is of nice caramel malt and spicy/ yet subdues hops, while the finish is smooth and leaves a little bitter bite. My new favorite ESB since Troegs has discontinued its ESB- Although I heard a rumor it may come back in limited quantities.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge thanks to cosmicevan for getting me a growler of this. Finally, the 2-plus-year wait is finally over. Currently the #1 ESB. Served in a Mikasa tulip at our Christmas in July tasting.
Pours a dark copper color with a great, great off-white head with loads of lacing on the way down. Nice cap and collar throughout. The nose brings some caramel and bready malt and actually a bit of light roastiness, which is a bit strange. Light nuttiness there as well along with some earthy and herbal hops.
The flavor takes down the malt a touch and focuses slightly more on the hops. Good blend of hop flavor and bready malt. Light toast as well. Medium body with good carbonation and a very nice bitterness in the finish. Not quite the best ESB that I’ve ever had -- that honor goes to FFF Lord Admiral Nelson -- but this is a good beer, albeit not one worth a several-year wait.
Serving type: growler
dmac (4957) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My one and only rating from BCTC ’07. Growler shared under the ratebeer tent, not sorry who brough it sorry. Pored a deep reddish/brown with a small head. Toasted malty aroma. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation and a dry toasted flavor. Reminded me a lot of their Toasted Lager. Nice beer overall.
Aurelius (4773) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel, vanilla and dry-hopped aroma. hazy orange-brown, clingy white head. Melllow caramel, not overbittered. Moderate sweetness. Starchy mouth. Medium alcohol-bitter finish. Goes piney. Cask at David Copperfield’s in NYC. Enjoyable. Vanilla in there.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Blue Point: Poured a clear deep copper color with a thin off-white head. Caramel malt aroma with an earthy hop. The flavor was malty with notes of toffee and nuts. The finish had citrus notes and a mild bitter finish.